Andre’s 5 likes: Gaming Consoles

Andre's 5 likes: Gaming Consoles

Gaming consoles have been around for decades, it pretty much changed the landscape of gaming. The first gaming console was the Magnavox Odyssey made by Magnavox released in 1972. Since then, gaming consoles are commonplace and many companies like Sony, Nintendo, Sega, Microsoft, and Atari started making great gaming consoles with some more popular than others. Here are my top five gaming consoles: 


  1. Gamecube (2001)


Personally, this was the first console I ever picked up and played.  The sixth-generation console is the successor to the Nintendo 64. The GameCube is the first Nintendo console to use optical discs as its primary storage medium. It had a collection of classic games such as Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Sonic Heroes, Animal Crossing, Metroid Prime, and Legends of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Reception of the GameCube at the time was generally positive. The console was praised for its controller, extensive software library and high-quality games, but was criticized for its exterior design and lack of features. Nintendo sold 21.74 million GameCube units worldwide.


  1. Playstation 4 (2013)


One of the gaming consoles that introduced “The Next Gen” of gaming. The PS4 is an eighth-generation home video game console and a successor to the PlayStation 3. The console consists of games like Apex Legends, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and many more to come. The PlayStation 4 was released to critical acclaim, with critics praising Sony for acknowledging its consumers’ needs, embracing independent game development. Critics and third-party studios also praised the capabilities of the PlayStation 4 in comparison to its competitors; developers described the performance difference between the console and Xbox One as “significant” and “obvious”.


  1. Playstation 3 (2006)


This was the first Playstation Console I owned. The PS3 is a seventh generation console and the successor to the PlayStation 2. The console was the first PlayStation to integrate social gaming services, including the PlayStation Network, as well as the first to be controllable from a handheld console, through its remote connectivity with PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita. The PS3 had a collection of games such as GTA 5, Red Dead Redemption, The Last of Us, Call of Duty:Black Ops, LittleBigPlanet, and Dark Souls. During its early years, the system was negatively received, due to its high price , a complex processor architecture, and lack of quality games, but was praised for its Blu-ray capabilities and “untapped potential”. The reception would get more positive over time. The system had a slow start in the market but managed to recover.


  1. Nintendo Switch (2017)


The console that you can play both on TV or hand-held. The Nintendo Switch  is a hybrid console that can be used as a console and portable device. Its wireless Joy-Con controllers, with standard buttons and directional analog sticks for user input, motion sensing, and tactile feedback, can attach to both sides of the console to support handheld-style play. They can also connect to a Grip accessory to provide a traditional home console gamepad form, or be used individually in the hand like the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, supporting local multiplayer modes. This console has games such as Mario Odyssey, Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and many more to come. Nintendo issued the Switch’s first month’s performance in their 2016 fiscal year results, reporting that more than 2.74 million units had been sold worldwide, exceeding their target of 2 million and they’re gradually going up.


  1. Nintendo Wii (2006)

This was the first console I ever owned. The Wii introduced the Wii Remote controller, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detects movement in three dimensions. Like other seventh-generation consoles it supported a service, called “Virtual Console”, that downloaded emulated games from past Nintendo consoles. The system had games such as Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Punch Out. The Wii has received generally positive reviews. The system was well received after its exhibition at E3 2006. At the event, Nintendo’s console won the Game Critics Awards for Best of Show and Best Hardware.